Thursday, 13 September 2012

Reads for the Road: Part 2 - Top 35 Motorcycle Travel Books!

The feeling of riding a motorcycle is a hard one to describe in words...but some have pulled it off! Why 35? Because that's how many there are...that I know, at least. Here's my list of the top biker books for the motorcycle traveller:

A Place in Hell by H. R. Kaye - One of the best books for getting across the biker ideology, one of my favourite books of all time, and dictated by an ex-Hells Angel!

Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon - The classic motorcycle travel book. 4 years. Over 64,000 miles. 46 countries.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig - This book is a motorcycle travelogue, philosophical essay and personal journey all in one.

Travelling with Che Guevara by Alberto Granada - Che Guevara's epic motorcycle journey, told through the eyes of his witty and perseptive travelling companion and lifelong friend...

The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto "Che" Guevara - ...and the classic itself!


Long Way Round by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman - The journey that kicked off the modern motorcycle travel business...


Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman - ...and its epic sequel!

Riding with Rilka by Ted Bishop - Another great motorcycle book that combines academic thinking with the sheer joy of riding. I've been lucky enough to have a chance meeting with Bishop in person, in Grand Prairie, Alberta.

One Man Caravan by Robert Fulton - This inspiring journey was undertaken in 1932 and still resonates today!

The Longest Ride by Emilio Scotto

Dreaming of Jupiter by Ted Simon - After many years, Ted Simon returns to the destinations of his old trip, once again by motorcycle.

Riding High by Ted Simon - More tales from Ted Simon's epic motorcycle journey.

Race to Dakar by Charley Boorman - Another boorman classic, this time without McGregor.

The Perfect Vehicle by Melissa Holbrook Pierson.

These Are the Days that Must Happen to You by Dan Walsh.

The Rugged Road by Theresa Wallach.

Red Tape and White Knuckles by Lois Pryce.

Lois on the Loose by Lois Pryce.

Into Africa by Sam Manicom.

Under Asian Skies by Sam Manicom.

Distant Suns by Sam Manicom.

Tortillas to Totems by Sam Manicom.

Uneasy Rider Travels Through a Mid-Life Crisis by Mike Carter.

One Brit, One Bike, One Big Country by John McKay & co.

Old Man on a Bike by Simon Gandolfi.

Mi Moto Fidel by Christopher Baker.

The Road to Gobblers Knob by Geoff Hill.

Investment Biker by Jim Rogers.

10 Years on 2 Wheels by Helge Pederson.

American Borders by Carla King.

Ghost Rider by Neil Peart.

Against the Wind by Ron Ayres.

Freewheelin' Frank by Frank Reynolds - Another book by a former Hells Angel, this stream of consciousness and debauchery is a must read for any interested in biker culture!

Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson - Thompson's first full length novel sees him infiltrate the infamous Hells Angels and live to tell the tale.

Rolling through the Isles by Ted Simon - He's back, and this time riding closer to home. A journey deep into Britain and into his own past.

 
Here are some more great lists of top motorcycle travel books:

...and some other great motorcycle travel resources:

A 1953 European Motorcycle Trip and the subsequent photos.

If you want to take a motorcycle trip yourself, why not check out the Top Motorcycle Rides in North America.

Or are you interested in more great travel books?

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